MAD Scientist Associates, LLC

June 30, 2021

OBS Reptiles of Ohio includes MAD teammate contribution

For numerous reasons, we are thrilled to announce the release of the new, two-volume Reptiles of Ohio published by the Ohio Biological Survey (OBS)! Our very own Nick Smeenk was one of many accomplished and knowledgeable herpetologists who contributed to this effort – serving not only as an author but also helping the OBS staff shlep hundreds of copies of this robust tome into their storage area! Mark is the current board chair for OBS, and he and his colleagues are hoping for brisk sales of these exceptionally thorough and well-written, and illustrated texts. They are loaded with information and the current science on our state’s turtles, snakes, and lizards – a “must-have” reference for amateur and professional biologists, ecologists, and nature enthusiasts. You can […]
May 28, 2021

Welcome new MAD Team Members!

We recently celebrated Endangered Species Day and would like to highlight two of our new staff members that will help create and restore Ohio’s native habitat and study-monitor state and federally listed species. Nicholas Smeenk Ph.D., AWB, joins us with a background in wildlife and environmental studies and research in wetland assessment methods. He specializes in herpetology and is Ohio Division of Wildlife Approved Herpetologist for the Eastern Hellbender, Blanding’s Turtle, and Eastern Massasauga in addition to holding a federal recovery permit for the Eastern Massasauga. Jonathan Stechschulte joins us with a background in biology and landscape design. He will lead design efforts for restoration sites and help our clients visualize site goals with his fantastic digital renderings and artwork. Visit our Team and Blog (MAD […]
May 28, 2021

2021 Interns are here!

The interns have arrived! AND cicadas! We’re excited to start this busy field season with our three fantastic interns, Mackenzie Brown, Corbin Binkley (returning for a third season), and John Eshem.
November 4, 2020

MAD is Ohio WBE Certified!

We are proud to share that we are now among the newly certificated State of Ohio WBE businesses!  This new certification allows Ohio woman-owned businesses to be recognized as such in reciprocating states.
November 4, 2020

November Photo of the Month 2020

This beautifully-patterned dragonfly, the aptly-named Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens), ventures far from water and can be found flying about as late as early November in parts of Ohio.
September 3, 2020

September Photo of the Month

A late-season breeder, the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) waits for the thistledown to be ready so it can provide a soft nest-lining for its young. This brood was spotted in a Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) shrub at a mitigation wetland in Gallant Woods Park, Delaware County, Ohio.
March 6, 2020

2019 Small Business of the Year!

December 18, 2019 We are very excited to be recognized as the 2019 Small Business of the Year by Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, we are thankful for a great staff and for our valued clients and partners. On January 27, 2020, MAD was presented by the Chamber with the award and were additionally surprised with recognitions by Rep. Joyce Beatty, Senator Sherrod Brown, Rep. Troy Balderson, and Rep. Mary Lightbody. It is our pleasure to serve the Westerville community. It is a great base of operations for our small, but growing,  
March 6, 2020

Welcoming Lindsay Hanna, Project Scientist

December 18, 2019 In September, we happily added Lindsay Hanna to our team of ecological professionals. She joins us as a Project Scientist and will specialize in managing ecological surveys, overseeing wetland delineations, and NEPA biological and environmental assessments. She has studied in both Ohio and Michigan, and comes to us with six years of experience in ecological consulting.
March 6, 2020

Aquatic Ecologist, Jenna Odegard Certified to Perform Mussel Surveys and Earns Macroinvertebrate QDC Level 3!

December 18, 2019 In May, Jenna Odegard, Aquatic Ecologist, became state certified to perform freshwater mussel surveys in Group 1 and 3 streams. Freshwater mussels are among the most endangered organisms in North America due to their sensitivity to aquatic pollution, especially sedimentation of river systems. Because of their cryptic lifestyle (both camouflaged and benthic), their diversity and distribution in Ohio waterways is poorly defined. If projects include proposed alterations/impacts to streams, a mussel reconnaissance survey should be performed to determine their presence or probable absence from the stream. If necessary, Jenna can relocate mussels as a means to preserve local populations.  This fall, Jenna led her first full mussel survey and relocation (accompanied by Restoration Specialist, Jim Palus and intern, Kate Gorman) in Lake […]